Definition of bramble
1 : any of a genus (Rubus) of usually prickly shrubs of the rose family including the raspberries and blackberries; also : the fruit of a bramble
2 : a rough prickly shrub or vine
bramblyplay \-b(ə-)lē\ adjective
Recent Examples of bramble from the Web
Gardeners need to prune, fertilize and irrigate blackberries for best results. Pruning technique varies, depending on the type of bramble.
Last summer saw the falling of the brambles before the axes of men, saw the reclamation of the old house by industrious women.
Farmers, who had been living in tents, used herbicides and pesticides on the plants and had surrounded the pot field with piles of twigs and brambles to conceal the area.
The project to transform a stretch of Boise Greenbelt into a pocket park began with a walk through the brambles.
Brambles and bushes carpeted old orchard lands on sides of the trail.
The rest of it is berries left in the bramble after a visit from midday starlings.
Homesteads fan out into the hilly bramble, connected by rugged paths.
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Origin and Etymology of bramble
Middle English brembel, from Old English brēmel; akin to Old English brōm broom
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BRAMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bramble for English Language Learners
: a rough bush or vine that usually has sharp thorns on its branches
BRAMBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of bramble for Students
: a rough prickly bush or vine —usually used in pl. blackberry brambles
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